Haverhill Crime Overview

Haverhill is the safest medium-sized town in Suffolk, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 477 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Haverhill in 2020 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the Suffolk rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Haverhill is the 66th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 800th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2016, Haverhill had the worst crime rate in Suffolk for possession of weapons, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Haverhill are violence and sexual offences, with 1,061 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 3.9% higher than 2019's figure of 1,020 offences and a difference of 1.49 from 2019's crime rate of 37. Haverhill's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 30% from 2019's figure of 13 crimes.

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Crime in Haverhill Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Haverhill This Year

 HaverhillSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour45316.489,85112.9322% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft100.366880.90150% safer
Burglary993.602,6343.463.9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson32311.755,6207.3837% more dangerous
Drugs1033.751,7532.3039% more dangerous
Other Crime501.821,2371.6211% more dangerous
Other Theft1184.293,5894.7110% safer
Possession of Weapons240.874430.5833% more dangerous
Public Order2509.105,4487.1521% more dangerous
Robbery150.553180.4224% more dangerous
Shoplifting1124.082,5103.3019% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.363490.4628% safer
Vehicle Crime1947.062,6173.4451% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,06138.6123,77031.2119% more dangerous

Haverhill Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haverhill2,36986.21-
Bury St Edmunds3,77091.646% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Haverhill

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Haverhill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18131316Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.690.470.470.36Safer
Burglary5.054.13.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12111112Getting worse
Drugs2.31.62.43.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.32.11.8Getting worse
Other Theft7654.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.621.11.40.87Safer
Public Order7999Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.800.651.20.55Safer
Shoplifting6874.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.760.690.360.36Safer
Vehicle Crime53.84.07Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences32343739Getting worse

Changes In Haverhill's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Haverhill's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Haverhill that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Castle Playing Fields3----10.53
Haverhill Recreation Ground----231.1
Puddle Brook Playing Fields-----20.30
The New Croft-----40.74

Comparing Haverhill to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7127% safer
Coventry77.4111% safer
Croydon83.223.6% safer
Sheffield85.810.47% safer
Bristol86.210% safer
Haverhill86.21-
Leicester97.4412% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8716% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2820% more dangerous
Bradford133.0235% more dangerous
Leeds137.1037% more dangerous

Crime in Haverhill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Haverhill East & South1,178100First
Haverhill North61778Second
Haverhill West57374Third

Crime in Haverhill During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Haverhill change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Haverhill saw a 650% increase in vehicle crime. Haverhill saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 90% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+18%-9%+100%-+33%+22%+83%+12%-7%-31%
Bicycle Theft--50%-+200%--50%----
Burglary-50%+100%-17%+71%-14%-42%+57%+14%+33%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+11%-41%-53%-12%-10%+118%+5%-19%+29%+41%
Drugs+38%+233%-43%+140%+175%-42%-22%+140%+275%+60%
Other Crime-89%--+67%+150%-17%-+100%-14%+50%
Other Theft-76%-7%-31%+8%-15%-25%+50%-50%-25%+67%
Possession of Weapons+200%--50%+100%-20%-60%-75%-50%-67%+200%
Public Order-30%-29%+263%+63%-9%+7%+9%+8%-33%+14%
Robbery-75%-50%-50%---33%---50%-
Shoplifting-53%-79%-90%-77%-54%-63%+157%+10%-86%+67%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+20%+160%-55%-16%+514%+50%+13%+23%-+650%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-33%+43%+11%+18%-32%+6%+6%-13%+40%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Haverhill

What police force serves Haverhill?
Haverhill's local territorial police force is the Suffolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Haverhill?
Haverhill is the safest medium-sized town in Suffolk.
What is Haverhill's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Haverhill are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Haverhill?
Haverhill's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021